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Noma’s Head Chef Ate Pasta in London Last Week

Plus more celebrity sightings in London restaurants

The New Yorker Festival 2012 - In Conversation - Rene Redzepi And Jane Kramer Photo by Thos Robinson/Getty Images for The New Yorker

Launceston Place, the restaurant in a Kensington townhouse, was shaken and stirred on Friday by a visit from Naomie Harris. The actress, who plays Miss Moneypenny in the modern Bond films, dined there with a friend.

David Beckham caused a national debate by posting a picture of him kissing his daughter on the lips this week. Before that firestorm kicked off, he had an elegant evening out on Friday night. He ate at Core, the two Michelin-starred Notting Hill restaurant from Clare Smyth. The Beckhams live in nearby Holland Park.

Even those who work in the world’s best restaurants need to eat elsewhere now and again. Noma head chef René Redzepi strayed from the kitchen on Saturday: he was spotted having lunch at pasta specialist Bancone in Covent Garden.

Coincidentally David Zilber, the restaurant’s director of fermentation who co-wrote The Noma Guide to Fermentation with Redzepi, was spotted eating at Ikoyi on Friday night.

Supermodel Kate Moss was at China Tang at The Dorchester on Tuesday evening. She is a regular there: she was a mate of the late David Tang.

Moss was there for a special occasion: the birthday of her DJ pal Fat Tony (Tony Manarch.) David Furnish, filmmaker and husband of Elton John, was also there.

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A blustery Wednesday evening saw Alexa Chung seek solace in some classic Italian fare. The model, presenter and designer was at San Lorenzo, the Knightsbridge restaurant, for a big dinner thrown for her and other fashion types. The menu proved to be something of a tour of Italian cuisine: prosciutto, pasta, risotto and tiramisu were all on offer.

The cast of Creed 2, the Rocky spin-off, are in London on the promo trail but found time for dinner on Wednesday evening. Following a B.F.I. screening, the film’s stars Michael B. Jordan and Tessa Thompson were among a group booking at Nobu in Mayfair, as was Bridgette Nielsen, who appeared in the original franchise and has returned for this film.

Another busy Wednesday at Sketch, the Conduit Street restaurant and party spot.

At lunchtime, St Trinian’s actress Talulah Riley — who, incidentally, married and divorced Elon Musk then married and divorced him again — was there for afternoon tea.

Later that day, former Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts and radio presenter Vick Hope were there for cocktails.

China Tang

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Launceston Place

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